James Michael Tyler.
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Relaxation in peace. James Michael Tyler, greatest identified for his function as Gunther on Mates died on Sunday, October 24, after battling stage 4 prostate most cancers. He was 59.

The actor died within the consolation of his residence on Sunday morning, his rep confirmed to TMZ.

Information of Tyler’s demise comes after the actor spoke about his situation throughout a June 2021 episode of At this time. “I used to be identified with superior prostate most cancers, which had unfold to my bones,” he stated. “I’ve been coping with that prognosis for nearly the previous three years. … It’s stage 4 [now]. Late-stage most cancers. So finally, you recognize, it’s gonna most likely get me.”

The Mates fan favourite revealed he obtained a screening for a “prostate-specific antigen” throughout a routine checkup in September 2018. “That got here again at a very excessive quantity,” he defined. “So I knew instantly once I went on-line and I noticed the outcomes of my blood check and blood work that there was clearly one thing fairly improper there. Practically instantly, my physician referred to as me and stated, ‘Hey, I would like you to return in tomorrow as a result of I think that you could have fairly a significant issue together with your prostate.’”

After extra testing, Tyler was identified and referred to a specialist at UCLA. He quickly started hormone remedy, which “labored amazingly for a couple of 12 months” and allowed him to “go about life frequently,” he revealed on the time.

His early remedy was comparatively profitable till the most cancers unfold through the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. He discovered the illness had unfold to his bones, which causes paralysis within the decrease half of his physique.

“I missed getting in for a check, which was not factor,” Tyler added. “So the most cancers determined to mutate on the time of the pandemic, and so it’s progressed. … Subsequent time you go in for only a primary examination or your yearly checkup, please ask your physician for a PSA check. It’s simply detectable. … If it spreads past the prostate to the bones, which is most prevalent in my kind, it may be much more tough to cope with.”

The previous Scrubs visitor star began chemotherapy to “aggressively” combat the illness after it unfold.

As a consequence of his remedy, Tyler was unable to attend the taping of the HBO Max Mates reunion, which debuted in Could 2021, in particular person. As an alternative, he appeared by way of Zoom and referred to as the expertise “bittersweet.”

“I wished to be part of that, and initially I used to be going to be on the stage, not less than, with them, and be capable of participate in all of the festivities,” he instructed the At this time hosts in June. “I used to be very pleased to be included. It was my resolution to not be part of that bodily and make an look on Zoom, mainly, as a result of I didn’t wanna convey a downer on it, you recognize? … I didn’t need to be like, ‘Oh, and by the best way, Gunther has most cancers.’”

The Missouri native was extensively identified for enjoying Central Perk supervisor Gunther on the favored sitcom. Based on an April 2018 interview with Insider, Gunther was created as a result of Tyler was the one further on set who knew the right way to work the espresso machine prop. His character went from being an unnamed barista within the background to the beloved snarky espresso store supervisor, who had a large crush on Rachel (performed by Jennifer Aniston).

“I discovered a lot simply by being round them and our crew and solid – everybody was completely a grasp of the sport,” Tyler instructed Insider about his expertise on the New York-based sitcom. “I used to be simply observing how nice TV is made.”

He additionally appeared in episodes of Sabrina The Teenage WitchScrubsEpisodes and Fashionable Music.

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